State to plant 7 mln trees a year

Datuk Hamden Mohamad

KUCHING: The state government is committed to conserving the natural environment in Sarawak to address global climate change, said Sarawak Forestry Department director Datuk Hamden Mohamad.

He said under the Forest Landscape Restoration Programme (FLR), the government would ensure that at least 62% of the state areas were covered by forests.

“The initiative is in line with the Malaysian Greening Programme which aims to plant 100 million trees under the 12MP (2021-2025).

“Under this campaign, Sarawak is committed to planting seven million trees a year,” he said in his speech at a workshop on the policies and guidelines on the Forest Landscape Restoration Programme at Damai Beach Resort here today (25 Feb).

Sharing on the latest updates on the total of FLR cultivation in 2020, he said 10,457,250 trees had been planted as of today.

“Under the 12th Plan, the Sarawak Forest Department (JHS) has received a development allocation for the implementation of Forest Landscape Restoration Throughout Sarawak project in 2021 worth RM10 million from the state goovernment as well as two restoration related projects from the federal government worth RM5.5 million.

“Therefore, planning needs to be prepared carefully and comprehensively based on the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG 2030) and the Vision for Common Prosperity 2030 (WKB 2030) which make the well-being of the people a key component,” he added.